[Update, Sunday 24 October 2010: Lus at Wild*crafty has written a brilliantly informative blogpost about New Zealand nettles. A must-read.)
I wrote briefly about nettle last year (after my great excitement at finding a single plant in our local neighbourhood). I had been inspired to forage for nettles by a woman I met online through Transition Towns and also the Wild Foragers email list - Maryanne.
It was a great pleasure on this month's foraging show on This Way Up, to actually go and meet Maryanne, and we had a fantastic morning sampling lots of her amazing nettle recipes. Simon Morton took these pics at the This Way Up page.
I really enjoyed meeting Maryanne and talking with her, and after Simon had to dash away to record his next bit of the show, I stayed for a bit. Maryanne showed me some nettle fibre, dried, spun, and woven into a bag. I'm not sure what variety of nettle is best for this, but apparently it's the stalks that are used, giving a rough, strong fibre.
Who knows which bits of our long and fascinating conversation with Maryanne will appear in the show today, and which will need to be edited out to fit into the 10 minute time slot ... but after I listen I'll blog any extra details that I remember!
The battle to keep our bats - Crawling out of my tent at dusk, I noticed the erratic flight of a long-tailed bat high above the kahikatea trees surrounding the Pelorus Bridge Campground...
1 week ago